In case you didn’t know, Carl Paladino is mad as hell. And so am I after being exposed to the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee’s childish mudslinging. For Paladino, “There Will be Blood” is more than just a Daniel Day-Lewis movie, it’s a campaign strategy. Early in the race, Paladino promised to defeat opponent Andrew Cuomo, saying, “It won’t be pretty, it won’t be clean, but I will take them down.” So far he’s delivered on the first part.
A visit to Paladino’s Web page showcases some of his dirty tricks: one ad tastefully compares the Business Council endorsing Cuomo to “asking the Boston Strangler to massage your neck.” Another falsely assures voters that this campaign is “not about divorces or affairs.”
Warning: be careful where you click. I thought I was minding my own business while perusing Paladino’s page, but when I accidentally clicked on a video in the lower righthand corner, Paladino emerged as if from nowhere and started listing some of the reasons I hate him.
There’s even a fun “Lack-of- Courage Counter” on the site, tracking the days since Paladino challenged Cuomo to debate. Cuomo, despite saying he’s open to debate, has kept mum. Maybe because debating Paladino would be like debating a third grader.
Or perhaps because Paladino may be more successful at campaigning for Cuomo than he is for himself. A consultant for Cuomo told the New York Times, “The best spokesperson to win votes for Andrew Cuomo is Carl Paladino. Our strategy is to just let him talk.”
Paladino thinks polls–like a recent one from Siena College that showed him down 24 percentage points to Cuomo–are “sort of getting to be a joke,” so I thought I’d give him another chuckle:
Are you won over or turned off by Carl Paladino’s campaign? Why or why not? What is your favorite (or least favorite, depending on how you view it) Paldino ad or quote?